Friday, February 8, 2013

Where Was President Obama When The U.S. Consulate In Benghazi Was Under Attack?

Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi -- Weekly Standard

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified this morning on Capitol Hill that President Barack Obama was absent the night four Americans were murdered in Benghazi on September 11, 2012:

Panetta said, though he did meet with Obama at a 5 o'clock prescheduled gathering, the president left operational details, including knowledge of what resources were available to help the Americans under siege, "up to us."

In fact, Panetta says that the night of 9/11, he did not communicate with a single person at the White House. The attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Obama did not call or communicate in anyway with the defense secretary that night. There were no calls about what was going on in Benghazi. He never called to check-in.

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My Comment: This Panetta-Dempsey hearing was long but an eye-opener on how government works. President Obama is known to be a night-owl .... so I am sure that he was awake when benghazi was happening. It is also known that he placed a phone call to Israeli PM Netanyahu later that evening .... so he was around. I suspect that the reason why he did not do any follow-up on Benghazi that evening was for the simple reason that no one told him on how grave the situation had become. The person who should have called him .... besides those in the intelligence community .... was the State Department. But apparently even Secretary of State Clinton was not in the loop.

I will give President Obama the benefit of the doubt .... he was focused on making his telephone call to Netanyahu and not on Benghazi. But what should have happened is that someone should have told him on how grave the situation had become in Benghazi .... but for some reason that news was never passed to him that evening.

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